LMH Health Foundation announces 2024 Elizabeth Watkins Community Caring Award winners

photo by: LMH Health

LMH Health, 325 Maine St., is pictured in May 2021.

The LMH Health Foundation in late February recognized four people with its 17th annual Elizabeth Watkins Community Caring Award, which celebrates people and organizations who have provided significant service to LMH Health and community health care.

During the foundation’s annual meeting at the end of last month, it recognized the following honorees:

* Becki Dick, a volunteer on the LMH Health Foundation Board for the past decade. Dick and her husband, Gary, have been advocates of LMH Health and important initiatives throughout Douglas County and in their home community of Baldwin City. The Dick family has specifically supported LMH Health’s Cancer Center expansion and renovation project, the foundation’s Help & Healing Fund, LMH Health’s West Campus and patient-centered technology.

photo by: Earl Richardson

Becki Dick

* Michael Miller, who has logged more than 6,000 hours of volunteer time with LMH Health over the past 18 years. Miller was named the 2022 LMH Health Volunteer of the Year and now trains new volunteers and mentors student volunteers at LMH. Miller and his wife, Pat, have supported LMH Health’s Cancer Center expansion and renovation project and the foundation’s Help & Healing Fund.

photo by: Earl Richardson

Michael Miller

* Shari Raybern, a cancer survivor who shares her personal cancer experience with patients receiving care at the LMH Health Cancer Center. Raybern has volunteered in the Cancer Center for more than a decade, training new volunteers, organizing a holiday poinsettia sale and serving on committees as a member-at-large of the LMH Health Volunteers Board of Directors.

photo by: Earl Richardson

Shari Raybern

* John Spurgeon, who has logged 1,500 volunteer hours with LMH Health in the past 12 years and has served on the LMH Health Volunteers’ finance committee. Spurgeon is a three-time cancer survivor, and he and his wife, Karla, have also contributed toward the expansion at the Cancer Center. Spurgeon has stepped away from active volunteer work after another cancer diagnosis, but he continues to serve on the finance committee.

photo by: Earl Richardson

John Spurgeon


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